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Title: Bull Durham Speech and Debate League Teacher Workshop


1
Bull Durham Speech and Debate League Teacher
Workshop
  • Presented by
  • Dania Toth Founder and Executive Director
  • Todd Cobb Logistics and Finance Director

2
Why we are here today
  • Familiarize you with debate culture to cultivate
    interest at the middle level and generate
    enthusiasm for high school competition
  • Illustrate the tremendous potential it has to be
    a positive influence for Durham area
    students
  • Elaborate on the Bull Durham Debate Speech and
    Debate Leagues partnership with the Durham
    Public School District (DPS) to found,
    strengthen and fund competitive clubs at
    local schools
  • Our goals are yours, to promote a community of
    scholarship, integrity, and professionalism.

3
Who are we looking for?
  • Students who are
  • Intellectually curious
  • Creative
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Expressive
  • Student leaders
  • Teachers who are
  • Wanting to add depth to their curriculum
  • Excited about adding academic competition to
    their school
  • (add picture)

4
Presentation Overview
  1. Who were looking for
  2. What is debate?
  3. Debate as a national network
  4. Debate and University Admissions
  5. Debate as a skill Set
  6. The Bull Durham Speech and Debate League program
  7. Bringing Debate to middle schools Website
    http//bulldurhamdebate.org

5
What is Debate? (Forensics)
Speech and Debate Team
Debate
Speech
Interpretation
  • Extemporaneous
  • Original Oratory
  • Oral Interpretation
  • Impromptu
  • Declamation
  • Poetry
  • Storytelling
  • Radio Speaking
  • etc
  • Public Forum
  • Lincoln-Douglas
  • Congressional
  • Policy
  • Humorous Interpretation
  • Dramatic Interpretation
  • Duo Interpretation

6
How does a forensics program work?
  • You have team of students competing in different
    events
  • Students learn in practices and compete at
    tournaments (similar to athletics)
  • Students do research and work at home to improve

7
Types of debate
  • Public Forum Debate
  • Students compete on teams of two people (2vs2)
  • Topics centered on current events and policy
  • Lincoln Douglas Debate
  • Students compete one on one
  • Students debate the value of broader
    philosophical topics
  • Congressional Debate
  • Students compete in a chamber of 30 members
  • Students debate over legislation in a manner that
    mirrors actual US congressional debate

8
Types of Speech
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Students give a 5-7 minute speech on a domestic
    or international current event
  • Students receive their speech topic 30 minutes in
    advance and use pre-prepared files to develop
    their arguments (limited notes)
  • Original Oratory
  • Students develop an 8-10 minute speech on a topic
    of their choice and deliver to a judge (no notes)
  • Poetry Speaking
  • Storytelling
  • Additional events (declamation, oral
    interpretation, impromptu speaking, etc)

9
Interpretation Events (Competitive Acting)
  • Humorous Interpretation
  • Students perform a humorous 8-10 minute scene
    derived from a published work
  • Students adhere to unique acting guidelines
  • Dramatic Interpretation
  • Students perform a dramatic 8-10 minute scene
    derived from a published work
  • Students adhere to unique acting guidelines
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Students perform an 8-10 minute scene derived
    from a published work
  • Students adhere to unique acting guidelines

10
Example of an Interp Speech
VIDEO of Harry Potter Humorous interpretation
Pt 1. http//www.youtube.com/watch?v4lKlMll9Rdw
featurerelated   Pt 2 http//www.youtube.com/wat
ch?vercgP8XOi4Ufeaturerelated
11
Debate as a National Network
  • National Forensics League upwards of 112,000
    students at more than 2,800 schools nationwide.
  • Tournament Locations
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • New Orleans
  • UC-Berkeley
  • Las Vegas
  • Philadelphia
  • South Florida
  • Harvard
  • Texas
  • Alabama
  • Duke

12
Debate as a Regional Framework
  • Tarheel Forensics League A group of between 20
    to 25 schools with several hundred student
    members
  • Regional league provides a framework of support
    for member programs
  • Schools host their own tournaments to raise funds
    and provide opportunities to compete
  • Member Schools
  • Cary Academy
  • Jack Britt High School
  • NCSSM
  • Durham Academy
  • Asheville High School
  • East Chapel Hill High
  • Myers Par
  • Cape Fear
  • and others!
  • ( schools that also host tournaments)

13
Awards
  • NFL Points
  • Scholarships!
  • Tournament trophies

14
Debate and University Admissions
  • 90 of NFL participants matriculate in a college
    or university.
  • Debate students are 30 more likely to get into
    their preferred college than their non-forensic
    colleagues.
  • - Wall Street Journal

15
Debate as a Skill Set
  • Research
  • Critical thinking
  • Public speaking
  • Professional behavior

16
Debate as a Skill Set
  • A study in Chicago schools1, published in October
    2009, suggests that participation in competitive
    debate significantly improves educational
    outcomes for underperforming students in urban
    schools. Specifically, students who participated
    in at least 25 rounds of debate during their high
    school careers showed the following improvements
  • Average graduation rate 40 higher than
    non-debating peers (77 compared to 55)
  • African-American males had an average graduation
    rate 70 higher than non-debating peers (73
    compared to 45)
  • Average GPA of .20 points, or 20 of a letter
    grade, higher than non-debating peers
  • African-American males had a GPA of .50, or 50
    of a letter grade, higher than non-debating
    peers
  • 50 more likely to reach the ACTs college-ready
    benchmark on the English portion of the exam
  • African-American males were 70 more likely than
    non-debating peers to score at or above the
    college-ready benchmarks on both the ACT English
    and Reading exams.
  • -NFL

17
Bull Durham Speech and Debate League
  • We hire teams of qualified university students
    (debate alumni) to start competitive programs in
    Durham public high schools.
  • We link the schools together by hosting our own
    League tournaments and sharing financial
    resources.
  • We travel together to state and national
    tournaments.

18
Bull Durham Speech and Debate League Pilot
Project
  • Durham School of the Arts Speech and Debate Team
    first opened in fall, 2008.
  • The league was officially inaugurated with the
    opening of the Hillside New Tech Speech and
    Debate Team in fall, 2010.

19
Bull Durham Speech and Debate League Today
  • Tournaments are free of charge to all students.
  • Tournament Schedule
  • Feb. 12th-13th Duke University
  • Feb. 24th Bull Durham Invitational II
  • Mar. 5th Southview High School (Hope Mills)
  • Mar. 17th Bull Durham Districts Qualifier
  • Mar. 25th-26th TFL East Districts Qualifier
  • Apr 8th-9th State Championships
  • May 20th League Tournament IV
  • ?

20
Bull Durham Speech and Debate League Future
  • We hope to triple in size by this time next year.
  • We are looking to host the TFL district or state
    championships in Durham.
  • We are looking to create a strong middle school
    division.
  • We are planning a college preparation program
    during our down time in May.
  • We are looking to bring in guest lecturers from
    local universities to further educate students on
    their topics economics, history, law, political
    science, and more.

21
Bringing Debate to Middle Schools
  • Curriculum Ideas
  • Classroom mock debates
  • Current events discussions
  • Defending a paper or thesis in front of peers

22
Bringing Debate to Middle Schools
  • How to start your own program
  • Develop a basic lesson plan to teach your event
  • Set a date for a tournament or competitive
    scrimmage
  • Generate enthusiasm and recruit students
  • Practice! (12 times a week)
  • Compete
  • Reach out to parents and other debate programs
  • Contact us

23
  • Q A
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